THE TIME IS NOW!
If we bring out the best in our teachers, they'll be able to do the same for our young people. Secondary teachers are under pressure and that's why they need your help.
We need you to get our message out there.
Teachers want to bring out the best in every student so they can reach their potential.
For the sake of our kids, teaching needs to be a desirable and rewarding career.
At the moment, not enough people want to be secondary teachers.
It’s time for the government to step up and implement solutions.
teaching should be a great profession that people are proud to join.
student numbers are climbing
Student numbers are growing at a rapid rate – there will be 10 percent more secondary school students by 2025.
NEW TEACHER NUMBERS ARE DROPPING
The past 10 years have seen a 38 percent decrease in the number of new secondary teachers graduating.
It's affecting STUDENTS RIGHT NOW
There aren't enough teachers. Four out of every five secondary school principals have had to cancel classes, cut courses and leave vacancies unfilled because of the shortages.
TEachers are getting older
The aging teacher workforce is making the teacher shortage even worse. More than one in five secondary teachers is over 60 and there's no plan to replace them when they retire.
HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO IT?
we NEED YOU!
Talk: tell your stories: – share your experience of a secondary teacher who made a difference in your life and, if you're a teacher, tell us what it is that makes you passionate about your job.
Engage: let us know you're keen to be involved – that way we can let you know what's happening throughout the year and how you can help us get our messages out there.
Share: we'll be making lots of content available for sharing to ensure our messages about the value of teaching, and the outcomes we seek on behalf of teachers, are top of mind throughout the year.
What's happening at the moment?
Whether you're a teacher, a student, a parent or a community member, there will be opportunities for you demonstrate your support for bringing out the best in our teachers, our students, our schools and our communities.
Share a story
If you've got a great story about how a secondary teacher made a difference in your life, send it in – we'd love to hear about it.
Tell the minister
Now's the time to let the Minister know how important it is that we value our teachers – send him an email today.
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